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Practice Manager Profile


This Section of the site details information that you might find useful if you are looking to secure employment or require further details regarding working as a Practice Manager. This page details the following Information:-

  • Finding Suitable Work as a Practice Manager
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Practice Manager Work Information

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Working Duties Expected

Practice managers have responsibility for the overall running of a family GP''s surgery, managing the accounts and records and developing the practice''s business strategy. They recruit, train and supervise clerical staff, calculate and arrange payment of staff wages, and organise duty rosters for doctors.

Duties vary according to the size and location of the practice, but include recording and checking accounts and invoices, arranging the cleaning, maintenance, safety, fire prevention and general security of the premises, overseeing the reception area and appointments system, and keeping inventories of equipment, stationery and drugs, maintaining stock levels where necessary.

Practice managers also attend practice meetings and take notes, prepare financial forecasts and cash flow projections, monitor prescribing data and prepare reports. There is significant contact with external organisations such as local health authorities and medical committees, primary care groups and NHS trusts, and local authority social services departments.

Hours and Environment

Practice managers work a 37-hour week. Some flexibility may be required during busy times. Part-time work may be available in some practices.

Skills and Interests

To be a practice manager, you should:

  • have excellent organisational skills
  • have an interest in medicine
  • be good at managing people and have excellent communication skills
  • be able to accurately organise and manage information
  • be numerate and computer literate
  • be able to work under pressure
  • have a mature and responsible attitude
  • be adaptable to change.


No specific formal qualifications are needed to become a practice manager, but several years'' experience as an administrator or manager in a health or social care environment is usually required. Many employers look for a management qualification.

The Institute of Healthcare Management (IHM) offers suitable qualifications for those wishing to enter the career.


The work-based Diploma in Primary Care Management from the Association of Medical Secretaries, Practice Managers, Administrators and Receptionists (AMSPAR) is available to those working as a practice manager. To qualify for entry you should be recommended by an appropriate employer and accepted by a recognised centre after an interview.


There are opportunities for practice managers all over the UK.

Similar management jobs can also be found in hospitals, health authorities, and community offices, dental practices, nursing homes and other health and social services providers.

In Scotland, a few practice managers are partners in their own right, and are part-owners of the practice.

Annual Income

The annual income section is intended as a guideline only.

A newly qualified practice manager earns around £15,000.
With experience, they can earn around £25,000.
A senior practice manager earns £40,000.

The income may vary according to the size of the practice. The practice manager may also be paid more if they have full accountancy responsibilities.

Further information

Association of Medical Secretaries, Practice Managers, Administrators and Receptionists (AMSPAR)
Tavistock House North
Tavistock Square
Tel: 020 7387 6005

Institute of Healthcare Management (IHM)
46-48 Grosvenor Gardens
Tel: 020 7881 9235

Other Useful Practice Manager Work Information

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